Due to Prakash Raj's rowdyism and henchman qualities, once a respectable slum turns into a most feared one with people struggling to get through their everyday lives. Now called as a Kolaikara Kuppam, Sivakarthikeyan strives to change the youngsters mindset who decide to follow the gangster's path. As an initiative he runs his own radio station within his slum radius, and expresses his thoughts on how people from his slum should study well and go to work.
After gaining a certain level of popularity, he starts to expose the wrong doings of Prakash Raj to the outside world. This puts him in a negative shade with the rowdy. In this situation, Sivakarthikeyan's parents Charlie and Rohini express their concern over their son's safety and financial crisis. He then decides to take up a job as a sales executive at a Food MNC company to support his family.
In the meantime, after a series of unfortunate events he gets to know the seriousness of MNCs and how it affect peoples' health, especially the middle and lower class section of the public. From then onwards he starts to rebel against food adulteration, and tries to abolish MNCs. How he brings a change and convince all the workers to start a revolution to fight against the injustice they are being served in the name of instant food forms the crux of the story.
After Thani Oruvan's massive success, Mohan Raja is back with yet another film that is packed with a serious message, and is relatable with our everyday lives. While his previous film talks about the misuse of medicine, power and obsession, Velaikkaran is all about giving importance to food adulteration, instant foods and workers. Though Sivakarthikeyan is the film's protagonist, the script is the hero. Coupled with Mohan Raja's on point direction, his intended message has been delivered well.
Mohan Raja straight away jumps into the story without beating around the bush. Still, he could have gone a little easy with the screenplay, as it was tightly packed and serious. The movie did contain a few commercial sequences, which worked well. Yet, it seemed more like a forced diversion rather than an attempt at making the script look lighter. Over all, Mohan Raja scores his way with shaping up the story with a serious message. But it might not be appreciated by certain section of people, due to the lack of commercial elements.
While previously Sivakarthikeyan was largely looked up for his comedy, his new avatar in Velaikkaran is sure to bag him different types of roles henceforth. Like mentioned above, Sivakarthikeyan is also a worker who helps in delivering the script well. His down to earth performance is sure to strike a cord with the audience as he proves that he is capable of pulling off characters other then comic ones.
Nayanthara plays a pivotal role, and as always have delivered an amazing performance. Though their isn't much of an importance given to the love portion, her romance sequences with Sivakarthikeyan works well. Fahad Faasil successfully marks his debut into Kollywood with Velaikkaran. His ability to emote his feelings naturally on screen is impressive, and has pulled of his grey shade character really well.
Prakash Raj, Sneha and Vijay Vasanth play important roles and have done justice in pulling of their characters well. Apart from them other actors like Charlie, Mansoor Ali Khan, RJ Balaji, Sathish, and Rohini all have done their best in delivering their smaller roles neatly.
Special mention has to be given for the musical Rockstar Anirudh Ravichander, as he has handled the music department, and his background scores and songs are so on point and is in perfect sync with the film's genre. Ramji has cranked the camera, and his shots make the movie look really colourful.
In short, Velaikkaran, delivers an important message.